IRS Issues Guidance for 2015 Health Coverage Reporting Requirements
In September, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued its final rules for 2015 employer reporting requirements regarding offers of healthcare coverage and enrollment in healthcare coverage for employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) communicated to employers in letters dated August 20, 2015, and October 1, 2015, the IRS has modified the 2015 reporting requirements for employers contributing to multiemployer plans: There is no need for contributing employers to obtain information from the Fund about any employees for whom they were required to contribute to the NBF, at least for 2015 reporting. Instead, employers taking advantage of the multiemployer exemption can enter the default code "1H" on line 14 in Part II of Form 1095-C. Employers should consult their tax professionals for advice regarding Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
The statements contained in the above paragraph are not intended to constitute written tax advice within the meaning of IRS Circular 230, Section 10.37.
Update: The September Spotlight eblast reported that the flat rate methodology used for computing monthly Benefit Fund contributions would be extended to the 1199SEIU Child Care, Job Security and Training and Upgrading Funds. However, after the Spotlight eblast was sent out, the League and the Union decided not to implement the flat rate methodology for any Fund other than the National Benefit Fund at the current time.
The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (LVHH) and its member-hospital employers were recognized recently for their leadership in training healthcare workers through "effective programs administered by the 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF)." CareerSTAT, an initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future, recognized the LVHH, among nine other groups, as a 2015 "Frontline Health Care Worker Champion" for its member employers' continued investment in frontline workers. LVHH was recognized for promoting internal career progression and providing access to onsite training and skills development opportunities.
1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund Cited for Strengthening the Healthcare Industry
League employers work closely with TUF to provide skills training and education for workers who must adapt to a rapidly changing industry. "As a joint labor-management initiative, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund is uniquely situated to identify both healthcare trends and the specific needs of the industry and its institutions," said Deborah King, Executive Director of the Training and Employment Funds. "We are able to train members to fill key positions in shortage areas, provide quality patient care and improve patient satisfaction and outcomes."
"One of the most important contributions [of the LVHH] is in the efforts to develop the New York healthcare workforce," said Bruce McIver, President of the LVHH. "It significantly contributes to the improvement of healthcare outcomes in New York and improves the lives of countless workers."
For more information about the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.
In the summer of 2015, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Anne Shore Camp Program sent more than 825 children of 1199SEIU members to 14 summer camps, according to the final tally completed in September. The children attended camps in seven states, including New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts. Open to children ages 9 to 15, the program offers a chance to attend two- to four-week summer sleep-away camps with activities that include swimming, archery, gymnastics and music. This year, the Anne Shore Camp Program offerings included the award-winning French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts camp in upstate New York, which provides children with an opportunity to focus on theater, music, dance and the arts.
Anne Shore Camp Program Serves More than 825 Children in 2015
The Anne Shore Camp Program helps children of eligible 1199SEIU members to develop social skills and build self-reliance in secure and supportive environments. Camps are selected based in part on parent surveys and are accredited by the American Camp Association. Prospective campers and their parent(s) attend an orientation session with the Anne Shore Camp Program staff to help ensure children are placed in a camp best suited to their needs and interests, and to prepare parents for the experience as well.
The deadline to request an application for the Anne Shore Camp Program is January 31, 2016. Once eligibility is verified, members will be contacted to schedule an appointment for a mandatory orientation. For more information, please email AnneShoreCampProgram@1199Funds.org or call (212) 564-2220.
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with members at your institution. The schedule is also available on our calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute.
Saturday, October 10
7:45 am to 3:30 pm
This six-hour program has been accredited for perioperative personnel. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.
Issues in Neonatal and Pediatric Care
Thursday, October 29
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for respiratory therapists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. Sickle Cell Disease
Saturday, October 31
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available. Overcoming Workplace Related Stress --- What Medical Coders
Need to Know
Thursday, November 5
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for medical coders. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the 1199SEIU Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan. Series I: Anger Management and Prescriptions for Disaster:
Rx Abuse Among Teens
Saturday, November 7
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
This eight-hour program has been accredited for social workers and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.
Free prep courses are also available for national and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute
or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org
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